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Released in June 2015, the documentary "Fabergé: A Life of Its Own," tells the fascinating story behind of one of the most prestigious names in luxury from the Russian revolution to today.
This program is cosponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is included in their five-part course "All That Glitters: The Geology and Glory of Gems" that begins on March 28. Course registration available at http://glasscock.rice.edu/.
Tickets $18, Members $12
Shot on location in Mexico and Spain, The Blood & The Rose offers riveting interviews with top experts in the fields of science, history and theology, exploring the mystery of St. Juan Diego's tilma and the miraculous image that it bears. More than just a story about a distant event, this documentary also shows how many today emulate St. Juan Diego today, broadening the message of the Virgin of Guadalupe-Empress of the Americas and Patroness of Life-into modern culture.
Spanish - Monday, February 22, 6 p.m.
English - Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m.
Filmada en locaciones en México y España, La sangre y la rosa ofrece fascinantes entrevistas con grandes expertos en los campos de la ciencia, historia y teología, explorando el misterio de la tilma de San Juan Diego y la milagrosa imagen que lleva. Más que una historia sobre un evento distante, este documental también muestra cuántos emulan hoy a San Juan Diego, ampliando el mensaje de la Virgen de Guadalupe, Emperatriz de las Américas y Patrona de vida, en la cultura moderna.
Español: lunes, 22 de febrero, a las 6 p. m.
Inglés: martes, 23 de febrero, 6 p. m.
Conserving details not preserved in fossils, ancient tree resin trapped and drowned fragments of ancient landscapes serving as a natural time capsule. World leading expert in amber research, Dr. David Grimaldi will present the latest revelations of paleoclimate and its role in evolution from cutting-edge research into the plants, fungus and animals preserved amber. Through his field work conducted on five continents in over 40 countries, Grimaldi's research addresses 400 million years of evolutionary history. He will also show how amber, dating as far back as 99 million years ago, has helped unlock the origins and evolution of modern tropical forest ecosystems.
Dr. David Grimaldi, curator of the amber, diptera, isoptera, lepidoptera collections at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, has developed the world's most scientifically important collection of amber fossils.
The discovery and analysis of 63 bodies buried beneath Stonehenge has overturned the accepted view on construction and use of perhaps the greatest prehistoric monuments. This film reveals vital clues to this ancient puzzle of the Neolithic period.
Join Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout for the Texas premiere of Secrets of Stonehenge Skeletons. This is a one-night only screening. This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.
The apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe took place in the vicinity of the Sierra de Guadalupe during December 1531. Anthropologist Dr. Ana Rita Valero de Garcia Lascurain will describe the political, economic and social environment before the Spanish conquest and the historical elements which incited the miracle of the 16th century. Valero will also trace the development and expansion of the Guadalupe fervor.
Dr. Ana Rita Valero de Garcia Lascurain is the director of the historical archives at the College of San Ignacio de Loyola Vizcaínas in Mexico City. She is also president of the Archicofradía Universal de Santa María de Guadalupe, a guild in existence from the sixteenth century established at the Shrine of Tepeyac (now part of the Basilica), where the original tilma of Juan is venerated. This lecture is sponsored by Saint Martha's Parish in Kingwood.
Traditional writing did not exist in ancient South America, so the messages encoded in tens of thousands of beautiful pieces of Pre-Columbian art are the vital clues to understanding the peoples and cultures. The groundbreaking work of Dr. Edwin Barnhart has unlocked the meanings and iconography of pre-Columbian Peru which have been a mystery for centuries.
Revealing shamanic healing ceremonies, the calling of supernatural spirits, and how decapitation is not execution, but actually about enslaving the souls of one's enemies, Dr. Barnhart will present a fascinating reinterpretation of ancient Peruvian art. Warfare, human sacrifice, erotic sex and a pantheon of bizarre deities, most importantly the Fanged Deity, the themes that the ancient artists intended to convey have a deeper meaning-one of the shamanic ability to contact the supernatural world.
Dr. Edwin Barnhart is a renowned Latin American archaeologist. He is the Director of Maya Exploration Center and fellow of the Explorer Club. During his over 20 years in Latin American archaeology he has discovered the ancient city of Ma'ax Na in Belize, mapped over 4,000 ancient buildings, and published over a dozen articles and books.
Stonehenge still has secrets to reveal. Since 2003, a new era of archaeological investigation of this enigmatic Neolithic monument has produced a wealth of new information about Stonehenge and the people who built it. The research of the Stonehenge Riverside Project lead by Dr. Michael Parker-Pearson and other investigations are providing major insights into the purpose of Stonehenge, the lives of its creators, and reason that some stones came from nearly 200 miles away.
Michael Parker-Pearson is professor of British prehistory at the University College London's Institute of Archaeology. This lecture is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.
Providing an insider's perspective on collecting priceless gemstone pieces, collector Dorothy McFerrin will share entertaining tales of the acquisitions for the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, one of the largest collections of Fabergé in the world. From the time it was created in Imperial Russia to arriving in Houston in recent years, every priceless piece has a special history.
Soil biologist and genetic engineer Dr. Thierry Vrain has studied first-hand the damage done to our bodies by the proliferation of glyphosate (Round-Up) and genetically modified foods (GMOs) in our food supply. These dangers are well known and covered up by the manufacturer, Monsanto. Dr. Vrain will explain the latest in scientific studies in a compelling address on this serious health danger as every day we are being poisoned and as such our health is deteriorating.
In a special visit to the US, renowned agriculture expert Dr. Thierry Vrain will explain to us the poison in our food supply and what we can do about it. Dr. Vrain spent the last 40 years with the Canada Department of Agriculture. This lecture is hosted by the Organic Benefits Alliance of Houston, Urban Harvest, HMNS and Anume with sponsorship by from MicroLife.